Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

After more than two weeks of being idled by the government shutdown, SCA members on federal lands were more than ready to get back to the conservation work they signed up for when national parks, forests and other sites reopened. The shutdown caused many critical and time sensitive projects to...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Friday, October 11, 2013

For the second year in a row, SCA Youth spent three days camping at Kalaloch Campground on the Olympic Peninsula celebrating their year. This was the last trip of the year for Seattle Old Faithfuls (returning members of our community program) and when they weren’t continuing their conservation service and...

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 11, 2013

The best ideas are often inspired by nature. Mine came to me while I served as an SCA intern at Yosemite. Watch a video that shares my story of conservation and leadership. 

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SCA/Aramark Alumna Ila Galanti, R.D.

SCA/Aramark Alumna Ila Galanti was recently recognized by the industry site Food Service Director as an industry leader under the age of 30.

As an intern in 2011, Ila Galanti served at the University of Chicago developing the sustainable eating program.

Following completion of her internship Ila was hired full time by...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The MLB Colorado Rockies and Aramark have partnered with The Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University and Designs by Sundown to produce a sustainable on-site garden that will provide herbs and vegetables for use in several concessions items at Coors Field, reports the Centennial Citizen. These include...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Nestle Waters teamed up with the SCA to pitch in at Jones Beach restoring the beach the beach after Hurricane Sandy in NYC. As usual we were live tweeting photos from the event.

Learn more about SCA’s NYC Recovery



Meet Our 2012 Interns

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, September 30, 2013

The 2012 class of ARAMARK Environmental Sustainability Interns focused on multiple aspects of environmental sustainability—purchasing, energy and water conservation, building operations, and waste management—while helping to implement a variety of initiatives including increasing sustainably sourced foods, reducing energy use at ARAMARK client locations, minimizing food waste at its source, composting...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, September 30, 2013
The 2012 SCA Greater Philadelphia Summer Program successfully completed its fourth year, with Philadelphia and Camden area youth completing meaningful summer service projects while gaining leadership and Job Readiness skills. These local high school students committed themselves to working on conservation service projects in Philadelphia’s parks and natural areas, becoming an integral part of...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, September 30, 2013

The 2013 Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps Program successfully completed its eighth year, with 60 Milwaukee city youth completing this six week service program. These local high school students and recent graduates committed themselves to conservation service projects in Milwaukee’s parks and nature areas, becoming an integral part of SCA’s mission of building the next generation of conservation leaders by engaging in hands-on service to the land.

Conservation Leadership Corps

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Baltimore Community Summer Program

The 2013 Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC) program provided 32 local youths with an opportunity to earn money during the summer while making a difference in their community and the environment. These local high school students committed themselves to working on conservation service projects in...

A highlight of the Community Program in Detroit supported by Johnson Controls Inc

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I have a newfound respect for wildlife and I often find myself picking up trash off the ground and cleaning my block. Not only have I learned important Green values, but I also had tons of fun. I made new friends and connections, and I also went canoeing for...

Posted by Staff | Friday, September 20, 2013

Guest blogger Elise Heffernan, currently serving in SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps, tells SCA about the work that went into planning last week’s 9/11 Service Project at Vassar.Last week’s SCA Service Project at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve was a big success!

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Being from western New York I am not used to the heat of south central Oklahoma, especially this year as the temperatures have insisted in remaining 5-10˚ above average.

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The trees were chosen for their ability to tolerate climate change. The footbridges were anchored by cables to withstand floods. The guest of honor?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Thursday, September 12, 2013

To celebrate the first week of school, SCA Manchester’s Conservation Leadership Corps recently took a trip to Vermont for a tour of the University of Vermont and a visit to Knoll Farm. Leaving shortly after school ended, we made the 3 hour journey up to Jericho Research Forest, a piece of land owned by UVM and used as a part of many classes.

Posted by Jenny Myung | Thursday, September 5, 2013
Photo by MSO Smokejumper Jon Marshall (www.marshallstudio.com)

Earlier this summer, the city of Prescott lost nineteen elite firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were found in their fire shelters, emergency tents meant to be deployed as an absolute last resort.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating | Friday, August 30, 2013
Sunrise at Delicate Arch

I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.

Recovery work continues at NY area's worst hit parks

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 30, 2013

On Friday, SCA and the National Park Service gathered on Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to celebrate the Sandy Recovery Program’s summer restoration efforts at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Over 100 SCA crew members caught a lift across New York Harbor aboard the American Princess, a ferry whose dock SCA


Posted by Daniel Ramirez | Thursday, August 29, 2013
The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial flour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves

The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial flour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves.

Disclaimer: OK, so the photos in this post have little to do with its content, but what’s a good blog without pictures?

Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50 years ago today, over a quarter million people gathered in one of our most famous national parks to peacefully demand that our nation live up to its promise to recognize in everyone the unalienable rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. To that end, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.



Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Throughout the Summer of 2014 we marked our 75,000th member with 75 stories of the women and men have served with SCA - read them here.

Member Bloggers

Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
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Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
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Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
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Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
See Posts by Noah M Schlager
Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Dakota McCoy
Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
See Posts by Ariel Lepito
Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
See Posts by Jessica Zamudio

Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
See posts by Ann Pedtke
Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
See posts by Joseph Thurston

Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...
Todd Nelson is the volunteer coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park. We asked him about his career, the National Park...

New findings on SCA's youth impact - read about the Search Institute's study

A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »

Michelle Bobowick, Interning with SCA in Yellowstone National Park, 1985
It was 1958, when our family affair with the Student Conservation Association began. Since, then our family has continued its commitment to improving the world around us through SCA.
During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in...
When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what...

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